First revision of my diy surf tabs

Well this started as a “let’s see how much gel coat absorbs into wood “ it has since spiralled into “I could use this for my boat”.
Thought it would be neat to Cnc some details in and it was a lot of fun.
I doubt the size and shape of my tabs are ideal but this is my basis for starting. Then I will get some aluminum and do some even more fun stuff with the mpcnc primo.
Is there any other wake surf ppl out there.

Far from perfect or clean I hope to refine it more on the next revision.


I grew up on a lake and learned to water ski at an early age. Never went past slalom skiing. I don’t get to ski very often anymore, but I try to get out at least once a year to make sure I can still get up.

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What are those for? I have never water skied.

Oh I love water skiing so much, but now I am old and my knees hurt and I am flabby lol
Surfing is low speed like 8-12 mph and you don’t need a rope you just surf the wave and can do some tricks etc. it’s a lot of fun.

They are tabs that I can deploy from the drivers/captain chair. It’s used when you put a v drive boat ( meaning a boat that has a onboard engine and the prop is under the hull and fixed. As in can’t tilt, and also can’t be reached by someone’s foot when they fall )
You load the boat up with about 2400lbs of water. Put a hydrofoil down that’s on the transom of the boat. That makes the boat squat it’s butt down. And it makes a nice even tall wave.
Then you deploy a tab and that stall/spoils the water on that side letting the other side develop smoother,taller and more push.
I am still pretty new with this but it’s alot of fun !!!
Here are some pics of others I don’t have any ones of me on my phone.